This post is in response to the video of a UCLA student’s, Alexandra Wallace, ignorant rant about Asians at UCLA. The video went up on Friday, the day the tsunami hit, and came down later that afternoon when it received such a great backlash. However, the damage had already been done, the video copied, and it quickly went viral.
Here is an excerpt from her video:
“The problem is these hordes of Asian people that UCLA accepts into our school every single year, which is fine. But if you’re going to come to UCLA then use American manners.
So it used to really bug me but it doesn’t bother me anymore the fact that all the Asian people that live in all the apartments around me — their moms and their brothers and their sisters and their grandmas and their grandpas and their cousins and everybody that they know that they’ve brought along from Asia with them — comes here on the weekends to do their laundry, buy their groceries and cook their food for the week. It’s seriously, without fail. You will always see old Asian people running around this apartment complex every weekend. That’s what they do. They don’t teach their kids to fend for themselves. You know what they don’t also teach them, is their manners.”
So, in a nutshell, Alexandra made comments about how Asians are not well-mannered, attacked our collectivist values, claimed UCLA as “our,” not “their” (the Asians) school, and even capped it off with a demonstration of a phone conversation with the classic “ching chong” accent. Oh, but she isn’t talking about her Asian friends, because she would never choose unmannered and rude Asian friends. Just all other Asians.
I obviously don’t need to tell you guys how offensive this is as an Asian American.
Some observations about the video:
1. It looked like she did some editing. It was clearly thought out, not a “spur of the moment in my frustration” kind of video that one hastily puts up. She put what she wanted to in her video, clearly thought about it, and proceeded to post it online. Spur of the moment frustration is more understandable. Pre-meditation is not.
2. So your mother’s upbringing of you as a good white girl led you to post up an offensive racist video online? It doesn’t seem like Asians are the ones who need to learn manners.
3. Is there really an “American” way? I thought America was all about the melting pot, the merging of cultures, not just one right way of acting or being. Or are we in Nazi Germany?
4. So the Asian way leaves Asians unable to fend for themselves? How are you paying for college, lady? I would almost bet that it was your mom and dad who footed the bill.
Look, my thought is that Alexandra is not actually a racist. I think she was frustrated and thought it would be more funny than anything to put up this video. I don’t think she realized the implications this would have for her, as a college student and as a person. And I feel bad for her, because this is going to follow her wherever she goes in life, and she will and is becoming the new poster child of modern racism.
But like I said, I don’t think she’s racist. I just think she is ignorant.